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Article updated: 2/28/2013 10:58 AM

An exchange with a hacker phishing for money

By Anna Marie Kukec

Here's my exchange with the hacker who took the contact list from a Sleepy Hollow business owner and then went on a phish expedition for $1,500 from me, apparently oblivious to my email address that indicated I work for a newspaper.

From: "Kelly Brown"

Hello,

I'm so sorry to bother you, but we really need your help at the moment, my family and I had an urgent trip to Manila Philippines, for a short vacation, unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed, all cash, credit card and Cell were all stolen from us, thank God no one was injured because we complied immediately and luckily for us we still have our passports with us.

We've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in few hrs. from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle our bills, the amount needed right now is $1,500. Wondering if you can Loan me some cash I promise to refund it once I get back. let me know if you can help me out so I can give you the needed information to wired the money to me via western union money Transfer. Your assistance will be very much appreciated!

Best regards

Kelly Brown

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From: akukec@dailyherald.com

Wow, so sorry to hear of your predicament! Tell me more.

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From: "Kelly Brown"

Glad you are willing to help, I wish I could call you but I don't have access to phone or any place I can get phone to receive call. Below are the details you need to get the money to us via western union money transfer

Receivers Name:-Kelly Brown

Address: Masangkay Street 1200

City: Manila

ZIP code: 1014

country: Philippines

Amount:$1,500

I still have my passport ID with me, I will use it as identification here. once you are done, kindly email me the western union confirmation full details. let me know if you are heading to the western union right now?

I owe you a lot

Kelly.

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From: akukec@dailyherald.com

Gee, I would really love to talk with you on the telephone. Is there any way possible you can borrow a friend's phone?

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From: "Kelly Brown"

I wish I could call you but I don't have access to phone or any place I can get phone to receive call, kindly get back to me with your phone number and as soon as I get to the Airport I will give you a call because I believe I will definitely have access to phone at the Airport

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From: akukec@dailyherald.com

Geez, if you're in such serious trouble, how do you have access to Internet service?

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From: "Kelly Brown"

I know this sounds weird and you wouldn't believe me. I'm really stuck out here in the Manila Philippines and it's so devastating at the moment, I really need your help to get out of this mess. The hotel management has been kind to let me have an access to a library to get across to anybody to help us since our luggage was also taken away. Hope to hear from you soon.....i'm in a Local Library right now

Kelly

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From: akukec@dailyherald.com

Looks like you have a number of email accounts, too ... Who else is with you?

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From: "Kelly Brown"

Yes! Am here with my family, how soon can you get the money to us?

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From: akukec@dailyherald.com

Well ... can you tell me the names of those family members?

The emails ended.

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